The Caucasus Syllabus

The Caucasus Syllabus is a continuously expanding project that seeks to curate and bring together the seminal as well as new academic perspectives on the complicated history of the Caucasus region and its environs. From linguistics and archeology to national histories, the Caucasus Syllabus aims to deliver a wide breadth of English-language scholarship that might be of interest to students at all levels of higher education, seasoned scholars, or anyone with a keen curiosity to learn about the Caucasus and the people who live in this fascinating region.


Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky

Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims and the Late Ottoman State

(Stanford University Press, 2024)

Claire P.  Kaiser

Georgian and Soviet: Entitled Nationhood and the Specter of Stalin in the Caucasus
(Cornell University Press, 2023)

James H. Meyer

Red Star over the Black Sea: Nâzim Hikmet and his Generation (Oxford University Press, 2023)

Ian Lanzillotti

Land, Community, and the State in the Caucasus: Kabardino-Balkaria from Tsarist Conquest to Post-Soviet Politics
(Bloomsbury Academic, 2021)

Timothy K. Blauvelt

Clientelism and Nationality in an Early Soviet

Fiefdom: the Trials of Nestor Lakoba

(Routledge, 2021)

Krista A. Goff

Nested Nationalism: Making and Unmaking
Nations in the Soviet Caucasus

(Cornell University Press, 2021)

Stephen Badalyan Riegg

Russia's Entangled Embrace:

the Tsarist Empire and the Armenians, 1801-1914
(Cornell University Press, 2020)

Donald Rayfield

Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia
(Reaktion Books, 2019)


Thomas de Waal 

The Caucasus: An Introduction

(Oxford University Press, 2019)

Ronald Grigor Suny

The Baku Commune, 1917-1918: Class and Nationality in the Russian Revolution
(Princeton University Press, 2019)

Jeronim Perovic

From Conquest to Deportation: The North Caucasus under Russian Rule
(Oxford University Press, 2018)

Bayram Balci

Islam in Central Asia and the Caucasus Since the Fall of the Soviet Union
(Oxford University Press, 2018)

Firouzeh Mostashari

On the Religious Frontier: Tsarist Russia and Islam in the Caucasus
(Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017)

Antonio Sagona

The Archaeology of the Caucasus: From Earliest Settlements to the Iron Age
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Eileen Kane

Russian Hajj: Empire and the Pilgrimage to Mecca
(Cornell University Press, 2015)

James Forsyth

The Caucasus: A History
(Cambridge University Press, 2015)

 Paul Manning

Love Stories: Language, Private Love, and Public Romance in Georgia
(University of Toronto Press, 2015)

Ronald Grigor Suny

"They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else": A History of the Armenian Genocide
(Princeton University Press, 2015)

Neal Ascherson

Black Sea:  Coasts and Conquests From Pericles to Putin
(Vintage Books, 2015)

Alex Marshall

The Caucasus Under Soviet Rule
(Routledge, 2012)

Nicholas B. Breyfogle

Heretics and Colonizers: Forging Russia's Empire in the South Caucasus
(Cornell University Press, 2011)

Ryan Gingeras

Sorrowful Shores: Violence, Ethnicity, and the End of the Ottoman Empire 1912-1923
(Oxford University Press, 2009)

Bruce Grant

The Captive and the Gift: Cultural Histories of Sovereignty in Russia and the Caucasus
(Cornell University Press, 2009)

Charles King

The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus
(Oxford University Press, 2008)

Michael Khodarkovsky

Bitter Choices: Loyalty and Betrayal in the Russian Conquest of the North Caucasus
(Cornell University Press, 2004) 

Austin Jersild

Orientalism and Empire: North Caucasus Mountain Peoples and the Georgian Frontier, 1845-1917
(McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002)

Susan Layton

Russian Literature and Empire:
Conquest of the Caucasus from Pushkin to Tolstoy
(Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Ronald Grigor Suny

The Making of the Georgian Nation
(Indiana University Press, 1994)

Ronald Grigor Suny

Looking toward Ararat: Armenia in Modern History
(Indiana University Press, 1993)

David Marshall Lang

The Last Years of the Georgian Monarchy 1658–1832
(Columbia University Press, 1957)


Edited by Azamat Kumykov, Georges Mamoulia, Sophie Daniel

Diplomatic Dispatches about Circassia from the Consulate of France in Odessa, 1836-1840
(De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2024)

Edited by Eileen M. Kane, Masha Kirasirova, and Margaret Litvin

Russian-Arab Worlds:
A Documentary History
(Oxford University Press, 2023)

Adrian Brisku & Timothy K. Blauvelt

The Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic of 1918: Federal Aspirations, Geopolitics and National Projects
(Routledge, 2021)

Maria Polinsky, et al.

The Oxford Handbook of Languages of the Caucasus
(Oxford University  Press, 2020)

Galina Yemelianova & Laurence Broers

Routledge Handbook of the Caucasus
(Routledge, 2020)

Timothy K. Blauvelt &  Jeremy Smith

Georgia after Stalin: Nationalism and Soviet Power
(Routledge, 2018)

Ronald Grigor Suny, Fatma Müge Göçek, & Norman M. Naimark

A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire
(Oxford University Press, 2011)